Cranberry-Ginger Pear Pie
Why This Recipe Works
While pumpkin, apple, and pecan pies all have their place, we wanted to create a new classic to liven up our holiday spread. Pears are fine on their own, but when paired with tart cranberries and aromatic ginger, they make for an extraordinary filling. Microwaving the pears was a fuss-free way to remove their excess moisture and prevent a watery filling and soggy crust. We also processed the cranberries with sugar in the food processor to mitigate their tartness. A simple streusel topping provided a nice textural contrast to the soft fruit filling. Finally, to ensure the flavor of the ginger came through loud and clear, we included three different types in our pie: a teaspoon of fresh ginger in the filling and both ground and candied ginger in the streusel.